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Brendan Howlin has resigned as leader of Labour

Brendan Howlin has resigned as leader of Labour

Brendan Howlin has resigned as leader of Labour

If elections came with reboot buttons, Brendan Howlin, Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin's fingers would be furiously engaged.

Had those same fingers been on the pulse of the nation, they would not require such a reset.

Yet the departure of veteran Labour leader Howlin will send a shudder down the spines of the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil leaders.